Article Abstract

Building a cultural alliance for the prevention of fragility fractures among high risk older adults

Authors: Marta Baroni, Valentina Prenni, Carmelinda Ruggiero

Abstract

As older person increases, particularly those over 75 years, the incidence of fragility fractures will also increase worldwide: hip fracture cases will grow to 6.3 million yearly by 2050 (1). The high-risk of fragility fractures among older persons is related to multisystem age-related changes, including low bone strength, increased risk for falls, global musculoskeletal debilitation, disease-related complications and protracted post-fracture recovery, causing functional decline and mortality (2). The main consequences of fragility fractures result in significant financial and individual costs that are a function of the frailty of persons who experience fractures.